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May 12, 2010 01:45 PM

Panini press?

Can you help me find a store in Toronto where I can buy a good quality panini press? A member of the family is getting married and that's what she wants for a wedding gift. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  1. Funnily enough, I was just at the Etobicoke Costco and they had the Cuisinart panini press grill/griddler for 99$... The cheapest I've seen it elsewhere is about $120.

    1. If you don't have a Costco membership, then Cayne's is probably your best bet.

      1. I always hear people talk about Breville; Williams-Sonoma has the Breville Panini Press on sale for ~$119 (as opposed to $170) and it has very favourable reviews online.

        Anyone here have any opinions on it?

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        1. re: Shimso

          I bought a Breville Panni press for around $50 (on sale) at Canadian Tire about 2 years ago, and only started using it last week. We've made some great sandwiches in it and it works well. I don't see any need for something more costly, it's basically only a waffle iron after all. The one I bought looks like this:

        2. My friend swears by the Williams-Sonoma one -- looks pretty fancy and would make a good gift.

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          1. re: Arcadiaseeker

            I have the Breville- bought it from WS and I am not happy with it as the one I tried from Cuisanart. My aunt loaned me her Cuisanart which hooked me on a panini press to begin with. To me both the same in terms of quality, even temps and cooking surface. Where Breville falls WAY short is you can't remove the grills from the press itself (Cuisanart you can) and also there is no On/Off switch on my Breville so you have to plug in and out if you want it off. Cuisanart there is a switch.
            Seems like little things but after grilling a chicken one night and then scrubbing grills while electric cord is dangling was not fun.
            I plan to sell my Breville and buy a Cuisanart soon.

            1. re: ciaociao1

              As someone who has only ever had a range and a microwave in my kitchen, how is the panini press for cooking vegetables and chicken/fish?

              I'm thinking of using it not just for sandwiches but also to just roast some vegetables or quickly cook a fillet of meat.

              1. re: Shimso

                Horrible in my experience. I had a decent quality press (+/- $150), and it just wouldn't sear as much as I would like.

                I think you'd be better off buying a nice Lodge brand Cast Iron Pan for the meat and veg IMO. I would buy the press solely for the paninis.

              2. re: ciaociao1

                Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. We finally made the same choice as Ciaociao and others, and bought the Cuisanart at Sears, currently on sale at $124.99. I just got an e-mail that it's waiting for me at their outlet on Queen Street East so I'm just leaving to pick it up.

            2. I just saw a Real Canadian Superstore flyer for May 14 to 20. Looks like PC brand panini presses are 15% off! I haven't tried their model though.